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updated 3/7/2012 12:20:54 PM ET 2012-03-07T17:20:54

Electronics come with cords aplenty: power cords, headphone cords, cables. Most of the time they are a mess (just look in the drawer you keep them in). Inventor David Alden decided to do something about it and designed the Recoil Winder.

It's a dead-simple device: Put the middle of the cord, whatever it is, onto a little hook, pull, and it rolls up. It's a basic spring mechanism inspired by tape measures. The Recoil Winder comes in three sizes. The small size is for the really thin cable that comes on, say, an iPod's earbuds, medium is for something the size of the thin charger cord for an iPhone and large is for a USB cord or similarly sized cord.

Even if your headphone cable has a bulge for a microphone — common on the ones that come bundled with cellphones — it will still roll up nicely as there is enough space to allow it inside the winder.The Recoil Winder even has a rack for several of them, so you can line them up on the table or in a drawer.

Recoil Winder is funded by Kickstarter, a site that allows people to contribute to products they like. For an $8 pledge, you can get a small Recoil Winder. A $9 pledge gets you a medium, and $10 gets a large one. A $30 pledge will get you all three, along with the rack. Shipping is scheduled for April.

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